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Sizing Up in Retirement

By December 29, 2017 4 Comments

Most people think of sizing down in retirement, but not my client. She is a retired widow and decided she wanted to live the rest of her life in the home of her dreams. She moved into a golf community in Blythewood, since she is a golfer, and called me to see if I could help.  I had so much fun working with this homeowner. She was a joy to work with and was open to bold and exciting ideas. Her home was even featured in the most recent Nov/Dec issue of Columbia Living Magazine.

That’s my table setting on the front cover!

Using the paisley velvet pillows in the upholstered chairs as our “Inspiration Piece” I was able to pull the rooms together for her. She fell in love with the fabric in those pillows located at Forest Lake Fabrics.  This family room was pulled together with warm earth tone colors and neutral grays. Traditional pieces were mixed with more modern items to show the homeowner’s personality yet give the space an up-to-date look.

  • Rug and red console from Auction house
  • Family Room Furniture and large abstract artwork from Strobler Furnishings
  • Lamps, artwork, end tables and accessories from Amy Spencer Interiors

My goal is to help save the client as much money as possible so I shop at auctions and antique stores periodically and every once in a while hit the jackpot! The rug in this room was the perfect size, colors and style for the room as well as the gorgeous red mahogany chest against the back wall.


I want the final result of a room to feel like home and so I try not to purchase everything new. The kitchen table pictured above belonged to the client’s mother, however it was the wrong color. I had it refinished to blend with the beautiful Hooker Furniture Wing Chairs. Custom drapery and parsons chairs were made to pull the color scheme throughout the home.

  • Artwork, Furniture, Draperies from Amy Spencer Interiors.

The dining room was initially bright red. The color was toned done with a warm wallpaper with silver metallic painted accents. Fabric from the custom made chairs was also used in the stunning drapery panels. The homeowner had a friend tone down the gold frame in the large mirror hanging above the server with silver metallic paint. The result was beautiful and helped me again blend something the client already owned with new to pull in her own individual style.

  • Rug and dining table from the auction house
  • Bassett , artwork casegoods, custom armchairs and accessories from Amy Spencer Interiors

The inspiration piece for the Master Bedroom was the lovely cream and seafoam green floral fabric. The seafoam linen custom bed was made to fit the homeowner’s tempurpedic bed. Again, using items that were important to the homeowner the artwork on the end tables belonged to the owner’s mother so it was reframed to match the room. The small desk and chair were also existing pieces and the seat in the chair was just recovered.

  • Custom bedding, draperies, lamps, abstract artwork and accessories and furniture from Amy Spencer Interiors
  • Aviary artwork from Strobler Furniture

The homeowner’s existing favorite chair was recovered to match its new surroundings and a custom pillow was made to match. The side table was also a piece the homeowner already owned and I repainted it myself in the pop of teal color found scattered throughout the room.

You can read more about this home in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Columbia Living magazine found at Books a Million and Publix grocery stores.


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